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Young Sharks: Creating the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

The Young Sharks curriculum introduced the entrepreneurial mindset to youth using, as an example, local hero and successful entrepreneur Jessica O. Matthews, Founder and CEO of Uncharted Play.

Sonia Toledo

Knowing my Why is the Root of my Success

In 2008, I got the courage to start my own professional development company. I have been designing my purpose for this company for the last 11 years.

Get a pulse – use ice breakers to break down barriers.

This blog is being reposted in partnership and permission from the BOOST Breakfast Club and BOOST Collaborative. http://boostcafe.org/ and http://www.boostconference.org/about-us We strongly believe in a few holistic approaches to youth development.  Using ice breakers to break down barriers and help build their toolbox towards resiliency is one philosophy. Below are three tips to help you build […]

Lady Gaga Shares On Evil And Humanity

This blog is being reposted in partnership and permission from the BOOST Breakfast Club and BOOST Collaborative. http://boostcafe.org/ and http://www.boostconference.org/about-us How To Use This Video With Your Students! The discussion of evil is resonating with adults and children around the world in these last months. Something of horrific proportions is occurring on a global scale […]

Making Real World Connections for Your Students – Project based Learning

There are so many issues facing young people today.  From poverty to climate change it will take creative problem solving to come up with viable solutions in the next millennium.  To prepare students for this type of challenge requires innovative, cutting edge pedagogy designed to encourage critical thinking while teaching life skills.    Project Based Learning […]

Social Emotional Learning

Meeting Your Kid’s Needs Learning is not confined to academics, it goes beyond that. Children need skills to understand, cope with and manage their emotions. This phenomenon termed as social-emotional learning or SEL is one of the essential skills children need to be successful.   Social emotional competencies support children in effective problem solving, resiliency […]

School Age Care Credential- Light at the End of the Tunnel

Introduction Credential programs are much more than just a certificate you receive at the end of a training program. It goes beyond that by allowing you to reflect on your current practices and identifying gaps that can be bridged. It is a great way to broaden your critical thinking that is extremely important in solving […]

School Age Care Credential: The Challenges of Managing Compliance

Introduction Ask any educator or program director and they will tell you that one of the single biggest factors to consider when looking to enhance instruction and by extension student learning is solid professional development. This is something all educators and program directors can agree on. There is no denying that when you invest in […]

Challenges of being a Director of a New York City After School Program

After school programs for youth have become increasingly popular as policymakers are suggesting it as a solution for various juvenile problems. But there are certain challenges unique to such programs. There is a need on the part of policymakers, federal government and financiers to balance their expectations of these programs with the realities which they […]

Creating a Learning Culture-Quality After-School Program in NYC

Creating a learning culture among your staff is crucial for the growth and stability of your quality after-school program in NYC. With a learning culture, you can encourage progressive learning. You can also develop beliefs with your staff that systems can impact each other. The constant process of learning elevates the status of the employee […]

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